US doctors last week announced an unprecedented transplant surgery in which a man received a genetically modified pig heart. The 57-year-old patient had end-stage heart disease and was not eligible for further procedures.
To use a pig’s heart, scientists needed to make genetic changes to the organ to prevent a negative response from the human immune system and control the transplanted heart’s growth. Specialists point to the possibility of using the technique in other organs and tissues, as well as a possible impact on reducing the waiting list for transplants.
In this episode of E Tem Mais, Carol Nogueira presents a balance of reactions to the new type of surgery. To describe the medical and ethical implications of the procedure, cardiovascular surgeon Daniel Bartholo Hyppolito, from Santa Casa de São Paulo, participates in this episode, which also includes testimony from cardiologist Roberto Kalil, professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo (USP). and host of CNN Vital Signs.
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